whitener

noun
whit·​en·​er | \ ˈ(h)wīt-nər How to pronounce whitener (audio) , ˈ(h)wī-tᵊn-ər \

Definition of whitener

: one that whitens specifically : an agent (such as a bleach) used to impart whiteness to something

Examples of whitener in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Skin lighteners generate a less painted look than skin whiteners by removing rather than concealing blemished or melanin-rich skin. Lynn M. Thomas, Quartz Africa, "There’s a complex history of skin lighteners in Africa and beyond," 9 Mar. 2020 To counter the resulting bluish tint, whiteners—plaster of Paris, or chalk—were added to the recipe. John Anderson, WSJ, "‘The Poison Squad’ Review: A Spoonful of Borax Helps the Rancid Meat Go Down," 23 Jan. 2020 Today's politicians have hundreds of cosmetic enhancements at their fingertips: teeth whiteners, tanning beds, nips, tucks, laser treatments and fillers. Author: Roxanne Roberts, Anchorage Daily News, "The senior citizens running for president and how they try to look younger," 10 Nov. 2019 Today’s politicians have hundreds of cosmetic enhancements at their fingertips: teeth whiteners, tanning beds, nips, tucks, laser treatments and fillers. Washington Post, "Can we talk about the senior citizens running for president and how they try to look younger?," 6 Nov. 2019 Naturally, a tech-forward solution that's gaining traction is LED teeth whiteners. NBC News, "Whitening kits are easier than dentist visits—this one's on sale," 10 Oct. 2019 The other kinds of at-home whiteners — whitening toothpastes or rinses — use polishing and other non-bleach agents to either scrub off or chemically remove stains that are closer to the surface. Abbie Kozolchyk, Good Housekeeping, "Best Tips and Tools to Whiten Your Smile," 7 Jan. 2011 While whiteners don't lighten bonds, veneers, and other dental work, certain brands, like Go Smile, Supersmile, and Glo, do remove stains on artificial tooth surfaces. Abbie Kozolchyk, Good Housekeeping, "Best Tips and Tools to Whiten Your Smile," 7 Jan. 2011 Add a laundry stain remover like OxiClean White Revive ($8, target.com), which has whiteners and enzymes, or fabric-safe bleach. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "How to Get Sweat Stains Out of White Shirts," 20 May 2015

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1540, in the meaning defined above

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“Whitener.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whitener. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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